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Censored - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Reviews: 859
Hads: 2,569
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 55
Gots: 351 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.75% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-17-2002

35 IBU
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Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper with large creamy head and lace in glass. Noticeably hoppy aroma, with sweetness: toffee, maybe sugar. Body is thinish. Hoppy taste with grapefruit at finish and drying aftertaste. Not offensive, but unsatisfying a I find Irish style oft to be, and in this you get hit with a lot of alcohol, limiting consumption of further beer.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber/copper color with a 1/2 inch foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots and streaks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is very malty with bread and caramel aromas. Taste is also very malty with caramel and some herbal hops on the finish. A medium bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is very malty but still has a nice hop presence to balance things out.

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Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has no visible signs of carbonation. It poured with an off white head that died down leaving some lacing on the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are sweet aromas of caramel in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has notes of caramel and toasted malts in the flavor along with hints of sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is easy to drink and goes down rather smoothly.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

one of the better amber types in the game, this one is clear reddish in color with a frothing and lasting off white head over an inch tall. it has a pleasant nose of tangy hops over a robust copper malt body. much less sweet than other American takes on the style, which lends to increased drinkability for my palate. not over hopped, but certainly aggressively done, which makes this sort of a style hybrid between the more conventional amber ale and the new red ipa types. not quite on the ipa level, this one finishes much more balanced, with the rich caramel malty flavors sticking around on the palate for a little while after the swallow. the mouthfeel to me is the best feature, full bodied but drinkably dry, creamy and expansive, and well enough carbonated. not a reinvention of the genre by any stretch, but a clever Americanization of a style that probably needs a facelift more often than not. well done beer from lagunitas here.

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Photo of brentk56
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy copper color with very little head or lacing

Smell: Rich caramel with just a touch of piney hops

Taste: This is one deceptive beer. Starts out with a caramel malty flavor very much like an amber ale. As it warms, the citrus hops start to come through, with increasing assertion. Very well balanced, overall.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy bodied, a bit oily; fairly low carbonation

Drinkability: I used to like this a lot more than I do now. Just too sweet for me.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Caught it at the Vortex while visiting Atlanta. Fares well as a hightly hopped Amber. Could be a Pale Ale. Richly malted, but not highly kilned. Flavors and textures lean toward biscuit-ey, rather than toasty. The hops wash out the conservative matlitness a bit and lend a mild metalic flavor. The feel could hold a bit more weight, but the attenuation seemed to keep the beer lighter feeling, but heavier in alcohols. A solid brew for the summer, but still cannot compare to their Imperial Red.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.72/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from Sammy: Poured a deep copper color ale with small off-white foamy head with average retention. Aroma of deep caramel malt with some very subtle hops. Taste is also dominated by sweet caramel malt with very little hops presence that I could detect. Body is a bit thin and alcohol is well hidden. A bit weak overall and definitely lacking character to make this worthwhile.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Is 'Kronik' really that titillating of a word to warrant such redaction on the label?

This beer pours a clear, bronzed amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, foamy, and rather bubbly pale beige head, which leaves a solid veil of cobwebbed lace around the glass as it quickly recedes.

It smells of bready caramel and toffee malt, a bit of grapefruit and orange citrus pith, and some further earthy, floral hops. The taste is more innocuous caramel malt, some indistinct breadiness, a slight mineral character, and some fairly fragrant, herbal (heh) hoppiness - not very bitter, but rather earthy, woody, and musty.

The carbonation is moderate, and maybe a tad frothy at first, the body coming in at a decent medium weight, with an adequate attendant smoothness. It finishes off-dry, barely, the hops just as guilty as fading away as the malt.

Not a bad brew, a slightly different hop experience than usual, but that's just groovy enough to have me envision grabbing a sixer of these, if only they weren't so dear around these parts.

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Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an all-around nice session ale, and well-suited to any social occasion.

Deep amber tone with a good two fingers of foam that threaten to spill over. Clean citrus in the nose, with a healthy dose of bready maltiness to back it up.

Very light bitterness, which makes it approachable to the average micro drinker. Again, a clean caramel malt dominates the flavor, fruit cocktail and mild citrus, with puffed wheat aftertaste. Pretty satisfying, and a session-beer extraordinaire.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich copper, as noted on the label, although there's a significant oranginess to the beer as well. The tangerine-tinted ecru cap of dense, creamy foam flatters the glass with abstract patterns of thick lace. The nose is surprisingly weak and smells of modestly spiced caramel malt. I thought that this was going to be a full-throttle aroma and flavor bomb, but the nose at least has dropped the ball. It isn't bad mind you, but Censored conjurs up images of lusty wantonness, not 'showing a little leg'.

The flavor regains some respect, but is also a bit tame. I taste sweet caramel and maple syrup with a thin overlay of citric hops. It's flavorful enough I suppose, but favors the low end of the American strong ale spectrum with regards to taste bud saturation. The smooth, rounded body/mouthfeel is medium in heft with a feint toward full.

Censored initially struck me as somewhat of a letdown. Once I recalibrated, however, I was able to appreciate it for what it is; namely, a drinkable strong ale that is unthreatening enough for all comers to enjoy. It is coming into its own with warming and I'm enjoying the bottom half of the bottle more than the top half. Or maybe it's the 7.7% ABV talking.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a one-finger, tan head of foam. It had nice retention and left some sticky rings of lace.

S - Very floral hop aroma with some roasted malt background. Smells like a hopped up amber ale.

T - It tasted of bready, sweet malts. A spicy hop bite added balance with a hint of citrus to go with it.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a very nice amber ale. All the hype and the name had me thinking it would be a super-hoppy ale, but it is really quite balanced.

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Photo of oberon
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like the bottle says pours a rich copper color with an slightly off white head that sticks around for quite awhile I was also suprised by the higher carbonation level wich I wasn expecting.Wow alot of difeerent melding aromas going on somecaramel and butter toffee with a nice underlying piney hop that made this very delectable on the nose.The taste is big and sweet up front but man do the hops come in to dry this out just enough to make a perfect balance,caramel and roasted nuts turn into pine and grapefruit in the finish.Now this was a joy to drink complex and flavorful,I will buy again in the future.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glassand served straight out of the fridge.

A - This one poured a nice crystal clear copper colored amber with a nice thick two inch head of white foam that capped off the top and gave it a nice appearence until it started to fade and left behind virtually nothing with no hint of side glass lace. Nice carbonation was visible throughout the session however.

S - The smell was very light, which to be honest kinda dissapointed me. What I could pick up was very grainy and boring with big notes of cereal grain very apparent as well as a musty kinda of bread smell. Some light grassy hops were present way in the back but to be honest were really a non issue as this was dominate by a musty bread like malt.

T - The flavor followed the aroma almost exactly with a big time musky bready like flavor that just was too strong to really get anything else to come out from behind it. There was a slight hoppiness in the finish, but again I stress light as it was really not a factor in the overall flavor. This was truly a malty lager and really not the normal flavor I would expect from the style but thats neither here not there.

M - Very light bodied ale, actually lighter then I thought it would be which was suprising, but still not terrible just neded a little bit more to put it over the top. It did come come off a little bit slick and thin despite having really good carbonation which was a shame, but what can you do.

D - Not bad here at all though. Now it may seem like a bit of a contradictory note, however it was not that terrible to put down. The flavor was not really what I was looking for but the profile fit in fine with being a session ale and this was definitlely a session ale.

Overall not bad, I will give it that it was above average but thats about it. It was nothing terribley great and the flavor seemed a bit dull and boring to me, but again it was not terrible, I do not think I would purchase it again, however I could drink it if it was offered for sure.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ugh. A power outage zapped my review just before I got a chance to enter it, so the review for Lagunitas Censored Ale v2.0 is going to be short and direct.

A: Amber-Copper. Thin off-white head.

S: Honeyish and fruity aroma, with distinct notes of peaches and citrus.

T: Honey and toffee upfront. Light floral hoppiness.

M: Medium-bodied. Smooth, but a fizzy C02 keeps the palate squeaky clean.

D: Decent, but wasn't what I was really expecting for a "strong" ale.

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Photo of nickfl
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of light brown head on top of a clear, dark copper colored body. The foam settles slowly and leaves moderate lace.

S - A light aroma of caramel malt with some toast and a hint of toffee. Some light, musty pine hop character in the background.

T - Sweet toffee and caramel malt up front with some lighter flavors of toasted bread and honey malt. The toasted malt flavors intensify in the middle with some emerging spicy hop flavor. Finishes with lots of sweet, amber malt and a mild pine hop flavor as well as moderate balancing bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable, with a distinct emphasis on the malt. There is significant hop bitterness and flavor, certainly enough to balance and keep the sugar in check, but it is still a malt oriented beer. The caramel flavor is dominant and lingers on the palate after the other flavors have dissipated.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Take a stand against censorship: drink it away! Politics aside, though, this stuff pours a clear rusty copper topped by a finger of dirty off-white foam. The nose comprises light mandarin orange flesh, toffee, very light cocoa, and a bit of ruby red grapefruit. The taste holds notes of mandarin orange, caramel, light cocoa, ruby red grapefruit peel, and a touch of grass. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a generally smooth feel. Overall, a solid amber, nothing amazing, but something easy and pleasant to drink.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, deep amber-red with copper highlights. Full, foamy cream colored head that has excellent retention and leaves some really nice lace. Very nice lightly fruity, malty and hoppy aroma. It's medium bodied with a soft carbonation that gives it a really nice creaminess in the mouth. There's some lightly fruity, sweetish caramel malt up front (even lightly toasty), becoming creamier and more mellow as it crosses the palate - revealing some nice floral & grassy hop flavor. It finishes with a good blend of sweet malt and light hop flavor amongst a gentle, earthy bitter dryness - (kind of herbal in a way). The alcohol is very well cloaked. This is an exceptionally well balanced and well brewed beer, especially considering its original gravity and strength. Full flavored but not overwhelming as might be expected. It's not complex, but has a rich characeter that's very drinkable. Exceptionally enjoyable.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of tea, light malts and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is malty but light with flavors of caramel, tea and a little bit of fruit. There’s a mild hops presence that provides a little balance. The after-taste is slightly bready with a bit of sweetness.

M: Crisp with some smoothness, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, clean finish.

D: Kind of tasty, goes down ok, not filling at all, decent kick, it’s a beer that you can drink for a while but it’s not the first one that I would choose. This is a brewery that even the beers that have underwhelmed me have still been pretty decent, however this beer just seems to have that “just another beer” quality to it.

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Photo of mactrail
3.32/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not the most sudsy of beers. It can barely get up a foam cap, however thin. But the mouthfeel is spritzy and medium bodied. A robust sort of feel with a darker flavor and a touch of butter.

Maltier than many in this category, as you would expect from Lagunitas. A pleasant lip-smacking sweetness to starty. Some hops, but more of the earthy flavor that shades into spoiled fruit. A touch of the winey taste with some dark roasted malt.

Kind of the hairless dog of amber ales. Less of the bite and more of the malt. From the 12 oz bottle.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a single of this after seeing it at the package store forever and never trying it.

Pours an absolutely beautiful copper color, one of the best I've seen in a beer, very inviting. Smell is just average, with some hops and malts slightly. The taste is of caramel malts and is well balanced with a great drinkability. Great overall beer.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

6.75% ABV confirmed. 35 IBU. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard branded gold pressure cap acquired at a local beer store in SoCal and served into a conicla Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I like Lagunitas but their beers often lack diversity. I don't see a bottled on/best before date. I acquired this recently so I'm pretty sure it's fresh.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a four finger beige/light khaki colour head of nice cream and thickness, good froth, and good (~5 minute) retention. Body colour is a vibrant clear translucent copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Pretty typical of the style. No overt or obvious flaws, but it's far from unique or special. Uneven inconsistent lacing as the head recedes.

Sm: Generic floral hops. Pale and caramel malts. Brown sugar. Honey. Light nectary hops. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. A mild strength aroma. I'm excited to try it.

T: Floral hops, brown sugar, pale malts. Caramalts. Bready and grainy. Balance is key here, not complexity. There's not a whole lot going on, but what few flavours it has are well balanced and integrated. A very approachable ale, though I don't feel comfortable calling it an amber. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Maybe a hint of a minty herb. Well built, if simple.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Good body. Good thickness. Good carbonation. Suits the flavour profile well, but doesn't feel custom-tailored to it.

Dr: Another good-but-not-great beer from Lagunitas. It's solid well priced stuff, and I'd happily put a sixer in my fridge, but it just doesn't really try for anything more. It's a very safe beer to put out. I doubt I'll get it again just because it's so forgettable - in spite of its quality. Drinkable, approachable stuff. Just not special or unique.


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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear amber that has a small crème head at first and then it falls quickly. Nose is hoopy, earthy, sweet. Those are three words that come to mind. And they mesh well together and one doesn't stand too far out in front of the other. Flavor is more along the lines of earthy with a cereal like aftertaste hitting at the very, very end. That aftertaste doesn't show up after the initial hits and is replaced by a zingy tang. Feel has a good carbonation to it and the liquid is pretty good too. Overall this is fairly good. I can't say it is blowing me away by any means. But it certainly is well made.

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Photo of russpowell
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured (into 22oz pils glass) with a great copper color & a white thick head with buubles rising from below throughot the drink. Head retention was good and lacing impressed.

Smell: Maltiness up front & then fruitiness & piney hops

Taste: fruit, malt & then an spicy hops presence. Tounge edge & throat bear the the brunt of the hops

MF: Every taste syncroncizes (sp) great

Great session choice except for the price ($7.99 on sale)

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had no idea this one was no where near 8% abv. Appearance: Ruby copper hue nice tan head leaves fine even lacing down my glass. Aroma: Hops contain a bit of everything pine, earthiness, grassy, floral, and a touch of underlying citrus sweet caramel malts touch of alcohol. Taste: Bready caramel malts doesn't come off too sweet blends nicely with the loads of hop flavor and solid bitterness presented definitely a welcomed brewery to the Pittsburgh market. Hop flavors that standout earthy, piney, and grassy for sure. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied evenly carbonated smooth ale low on hop oils pretty clean. Drinkability: Tasty hoppy ale that I will invite back anytime I see it especially if I ever catch it on draft gotta love the Kronic.

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Photo of smcolw
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful clear copper color. Modest starting head that recedes to a single bubble layer. Nearly no lace.

Slight caramel aroma, light hop aroma.

The flavor matches the smell profile. Rich body. Good hop finish, but the aftertaste is short lived. No problems, an easy beer to drink, very middle of the road.

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